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Wharton Social Impact Initiative to Pay Down Student Loans for MBAs Who Pursue Nonprofit, Public Sector Careers
For MBAs who pursue careers in the nonprofit and public sectors, paying back staggering student loans they took out to finance their degree can be incredibly challenging. At the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, a social impact‒focused fund managed by the Wharton Social Impact Initiative comes to the rescue.
The John M. Bendheim Loan Forgiveness Fund for Public Service was created in 2005 by a 1940 graduate of the school, John Bendheim, and his son Tom, WG/Lauder ’90. The fund will grant up to $20,000 per year to pay down selected candidates’ student loans. Continue reading…
In our continuing series of interviews with admissions directors at leading business schools, we spoke most recently with Shari Hubert of Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. Hubert joined McDonough last year as associate dean of MBA admissions, where she leads recruitment efforts to attract highly qualified, diverse students to the school’s full-time and part-time MBA programs.
Prior to joining McDonough, Hubert served as director of recruitment for the Peace Corps’ Office of Volunteer Recruitment and Selection, where she was responsible for recruiting 4,000 volunteers annually and managed the operations of nine regional recruitment offices across the United States. Before that, she led campus recruitment for Citi’s Global Bank in North America and served as the manager for campus relations in corporate recruiting at GE’s corporate headquarters. She also led the Executive Leadership and Civic Development Program at the Partnership for New York City, a business advocacy association focused on public and private partnerships. Continue reading…
Anyone who’s familiar with the MBA application process knows that August moves forward at an accelerated pace, and come September, entire weeks seem to disappear. To help this year’s Round One applicants avoid the classic time crunch, today’s blog post offers some basic advice on how to approach the Round One deadlines at a reasonable pace.
This week in the business school blogosphere, MBA students travel the world and embark on promising business ventures, while applicants continue wading through the complex and often mysterious process of applying to business school.
Many applicants are doling out advice about how to navigate the MBA admissions game. First, Texaswannabecali recommends getting “behind the scenes info” on your target schools by contacting alumni, current students, and visiting campus. She also stresses the importance of researching your schools before visiting: “Don’t you just hate the person who asks a question in class that the teacher LITERALLY just answered 3 seconds ago? Yeah, don’t be that person.” Continue reading…
Welcome to another summer take of Twitter Thursdays, in which we highlight some of the top “tweets” from MBA programs on Twitter. If you want to stay on top of our updates, special prizes, admissions tips and breaking news, be sure to check Clear Admit out on Twitter. We’ve also created several lists related to MBA admissions to ease your daily access to breaking news from the top MBA programs.
The Senior Associate Director of Full-Time MBA Admissions at Michigan / Ross, Diana Economy, directed followers to Clear Admit’s exclusive Admissions Director Q&A with Soojin Kwon. Amidst his heavy reading, the Dean of the Darden School of Business, Bob Bruner, plugged his own writing on the value of explorers. In addition to expanding on the school’s four Defining Principles, Rich Lyons, the Dean of the Haas School of Business, announced the release of the latest alumni magazine. Continue reading…
Following up on the announcement of Kellogg’s 2014-2015 essay questions, we wanted to offer some thoughts on how aspiring Northwestern MBA students might approach this element of the application.
Kellogg’s essay set this season consists of just two required responses totaling 900 words, in contrast to its three essays last year. Notably, the school has done away with its question about the applicant’s post-MBA plans and reasons for interest in Kellogg, though it’s possible that applicants will be asked to comment briefly on these subjects in their data forms. As for the two questions that remain, while the wording of each of these prompts has changed, their essence remains similar to the school’s questions from last year, with the first essay centering on the applicant’s resilience in the face of challenge or obstacle, and the second focusing on leadership ability.
Let’s take a closer look at each of these prompts:
Essay 1: Resilience. Perseverance. Grit. Call it what you will…. Challenges can build character. Describe a challenging experience you’ve had. How were you tested? What did you learn? (450 words)
The framing of this question makes it clear that the admissions committee isn’t just interested in the process of overcoming adversity, but also with the resulting growth and character-building that occurred. Given that applicants may draw from the personal or professional realms in responding to this question, there are numerous topics that could be appropriate here. For example, an applicant could discuss how growing up in difficult socioeconomic circumstances influenced his or her strong work ethic, or how a relationship with an adversarial supervisor made him or her a more flexible, adaptable person. Regardless of the subject, after providing a detailed description of the situation or experience and the reasons it posed a challenge—i.e. what skills, values, areas of knowledge, or assumptions were tested— applicants should be sure to clearly explain how they rose to the challenge and how that process shaped them in a positive way that has prepared them for success. To really prove to the adcom that they learned from the experience, applicants could provide a brief example of a later time when they navigated a difficult situation by implementing the strengths they’ve gained. In demonstrating their overall growth, applicants will show the adcom that they possess the ability to exercise resilience and overcome challenging circumstances to achieve a favorable outcome.
Essay 2: Leadership requires an ability to collaborate with and motivate others. Describe a professional experience that required you to influence people. What did this experience teach you about working with others, and how will it make you a better leader? (450 words)
No matter the nature of the professional experience chosen for this essay—for example, one could discuss a large-scale project success or a smaller initiative that improved a workplace process—the key word for applicants to attend to in this prompt is “influence.” The adcom is zeroing in on the interpersonal element of effective leadership here; while applicants will obviously want to comment on a successful outcome, this will be of secondary importance to illustrating the process by which he or she motivated or persuaded others in this situation. In addition to explaining the situation and their objectives, applicants may wish to go into detail about specific interactions, meetings, or presentations in order to highlight their interpersonal leadership skills in action. Of course, effective essays will also provide a complete treatment of lessons learned through this experience and ways that the applicant’s leadership skills or approach have been enhanced as a result.
Finally, given the scarcity of opportunities to convey their enthusiasm for Kellogg’s program in this essay set, applicants may want to take this opportunity to comment on a leadership position they may want to hold as an MBA student, and to remark on how this experience would equip them to make an impact on the Kellogg community. The program’s website, current and former students, and the Clear Admit School Guide to Kellogg are a few of the many resources available for this sort of information.
Re-applicant Essay: Since your previous application, what steps have you taken to strengthen your candidacy? (250 words)
The framing of this question suggests that the adcom is more interested in proactive steps toward material improvement of one’s candidacy, as opposed to a reflective discussion of personal growth. Applicants should therefore focus on the specific ways they’ve worked to strengthen their candiacy and the reasons that they believe themselves to be a better applicant to Kellogg this time around.
Optional Essay/Additional Information: If needed, use this section to briefly describe any extenuating circumstances (e.g. unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance, etc.) (no word limit)
Comments in this section should be limited to explaining potential liabilities or inconsistencies in one’s application. While applicants are free to write as much as they like here, we recommend a straightforward approach that uses as few words—and as little of the reader’s scarce time—as possible.
IESE, like many other leading business schools, is embracing technology to offer Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and has just launched its latest, called Corporate Finance Essentials. Designed for executives anywhere in the world who want to understand key financial issues related to companies, investors and their interaction with capital markets, the new course will be taught by IESE Javier Estrada.
Over the course of a series of six lectures lasting between 45 and 60 minutes each, Estrada will help participants increase their financial literacy and gain a better understanding of what is written in the financial press. Recommended readings will complement the lectures. Continue reading…
As we continue to make the rounds, checking in with admissions directors at top business schools around the globe, we had the good fortune recently to speak with Dawna Levenson, director of MBA admission at MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
Levenson’s MIT roots run deep. She has an undergraduate degree from the school as well as an MBA from Sloan. She spent 18 years working for the company now known as Accenture but then decided it was time do something new and different. Continue reading…
The 2014-2015 IESE application deadlines have been announced! The four rounds of deadlines are as follows:
Application Deadline: October 7, 2014
Decision Notification: December 12, 2014
Application Deadline: January 13, 2015
Decision Notification: March 37, 2015
Application Deadline: March 3, 2015
Decision Notification: May 8, 2015
Application Deadline: May 19, 2015
Decision Notification: July 3, 2015
IESE recommends that all non-EU citizens apply before April. For more information, visit the school’s admissions website.